|Engineering Physics 4D3/6D3 - Nuclear Reactor Analysis
- Lectures for the academic year 2005/2006 began September 8, 2005. The course is now over for this academic year.
- As of the academic year 2006/2007, this course is being taught by Dr. Ben Rouben. See
Introduction to nuclear energy; nuclear physics and chain reactions; reactor statics
and kinetics; multigroup analysis; core thermalhydraulics; reactor design. Course
Three lectures per week; first term
Prerequisite: Engineering Physics 3D3
Lecturer: Bill Garland, NRB 117, extension
24925, firstname.lastname@example.org, office hours: as needed; don't be shy.
Teaching Assistant: Taesung Ha, JHE A401, extension 24939, email@example.com, office hours: Mondays at 1:00-2:00 for sure but can be reached at other times as well.
- back to the Course Outline on the official Department course page, pdf version suitable for printing (pdf 66kb)
- Schedule (as of
- Check out the download page for code that you can use for the assignments in this course
- Errata - Duderstadt and Hamilton (pdf 22kb)
Note: These course notes, assignments and tests may be purchased from the
bookstore as a coursepack
. I follow Duderstadt and Hamilton for the most part but the derivation of Fick's
Law follows Lamarsh and the numerical methods are my own formulation (simpler
to understand and code than D&H). The discussion of the McMaster reactor is
obviously not in D&H.
These are audio and screen capture of the actual classes. BBFlashback was used to create a self standing executable. Just down load and run. Use the View command on the toolbar to adjust the movie size. File sizes are large but that is the best we can do at the moment.
- McMaster Nuclear Reactor (exe 7.9Mb). Assign #4 was also discussed, see assignment section below. The recording will be made visible after the assignment due date.
- Pre-quiz note (exe 3.5Mb). Quiz #2 and course evaluation done today.
- Feedback (exe 9.7Mb) - CANDU vs PWR kinetics, cost, design evolution discussion
- Student presentation by Aditi Garg (see below). No in-class recording.
Recordings for 2004/05 term 1
- Basic Definitions and Perspectives (start) - part a (exe 9.1Mb), part b (exe 3.7Mb)
- Basic Definitions and Perspectives (continued) - part a (7.0Mb exe), part b (5.3Mb exe) [Sorry, there is a dead spot with no audio from minute1 to minute 3 in part a. I will try to edit this out at some point.]
- 2004.09.16 No class
- Kinetics (start) (exe 6.3Mb) - development of the point kinetics equations. Multigroup computer programming discussion was not recorded since the projector was late in arriving.
- Kinetics (continued) (exe 11.9Mb) - discussion and development of point kinetics, prompt jump, prompt critical, visualization using a computer code PK1 (available from the download page), discussion of rod worth determination.
- Kinetics (continued) (exe 9.8Mb) - neutron lifetime estimation, discussion on rod worth calibration. Inverse method.
Assignments and Tests
[Solutions for the assignments are password protected and are for INSTRUCTORS ONLY. Instructors can contact Bill Garland as needed]
Contributions from Guest Lecturers
Contributions from Students
Interesting and Informative Links
- Teaching matters - helpful general
information on teaching and learning for the student and the educator.
- Computing tools - some suggestions.
- Reactor physics code downloads.
- See the Downloads page for engineering
software and compilers, etc.
Discussion Forum - This site was started in the hope of promoting discussion
regarding "all things Nuclear" in general but there is a topic area for this
course. Setup by Rob Pasuta of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, a former student
in EP4D3 - Go Rob!
- Suggestions welcome.